The Value of Collaboration
On a programmatic level, one of the outcomes SAFG strives to achieve is creating a comfortable environment that fosters effective, valuable collaboration between the kids in our classes. All of our projects are designed for group work, and our amazing teachers are by the kids’ sides to help them practice and develop these critical skills. So many creative solutions are born when SAFG girls brainstorm together; such skills will take them far as they go through elementary, middle, high school and beyond – and at the same time, they are making positive science experiences for themselves.
On an organizational level, SAFG strives to collaborate with key partners in industry and with similar mission-driven organizations in order to change the face of science. Clearly, there are many amazing career options out there, but here is what we know: there is a significant gender and minority gap in STEM jobs, particularly jobs in computer science and engineering – industries of robust growth. During school years, even though girls perform the same or better than boys in math and science subjects, many girls report they just don’t “see” themselves in related careers; 13% of engineers are women and 26% of computer scientists are women (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2014) and 2% of engineers are minority women. Women working in a STEM career earn 33% more than their counterparts in non-STEM fields. At current graduation rates, only 30 percent of computer science jobs created by 2020 can be filled with Americans. So, on many levels, promoting more girls and women into STEM education and careers is critical. At SAFG we are committed to rolling back the gender stereotypes that exist and closing the income gap; and boosting the American workforce. Not to mention, STEM-related skills will be required in nearly 80% of all jobs in the near future.
Many companies in the STEM world recognize that it’s an “all-hands-on-deck” situation and see the value in collaborating with nonprofit organizations, schools, foundations, etc. to achieve gender and minority parity in STEM education and careers. SAFG has been thrilled to partner with other organizations and companies to change the face of science, from bringing in positive female scientist role models into our classrooms, creating program content that are appealing to girls; giving access to space/equipment for our programs; and most recently being awarded a grant from Lockheed Martin to fund a SAFG program at Anna Yates Elementary in Emeryville. SAFG will continue to seek valuable partnerships within the community and beyond to provide fun, relevant and positive experiences to its girls in its efforts to change the face of science.
Thanks for your support,
Tiffany and Courtenay
Co-Founders of Scientific Adventures for Girls (SAFG)
Exciting Workshop Opportunity for Parents and Caregivers: Empower Your Kids! How to Create a Maker Space at Home, led by Samantha Cook, co-founder of Oakland's first Maker Space for children and home to Curiosity Hacked. Email invitation to follow soon.
SAfG Summer Camp Recap
“I don’t know but I’ve been told, Girls are tough and girls are bold!” Powerful refrains like this echoed through the streets of Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood for ten days this summer sung out by campers in the 1st to 5th grades at the Scientific Adventures for Girls Summer Camp. Some of the topics the girls explored were polymer chemistry, computer science, structural engineering, and physics of medieval weaponry. The girls applied these concepts by creating and playing with slime, coding one of their favorite video games, building sturdy structures with toothpicks and gum drops, and launching ping pong balls with newly minted catapults. The camp was led by veteran SAFG instructor, Anne Mayoral, and assisted by Mary Ables Ray and Ginny Cox Delaney. Each afternoon, the girls had the opportunity to meet a woman scientist or engineer who shared details of her personal and professional journey, then engaged them in a fun, hands-on activity. During a high point of the week, SAFG secured a field trip to the CITRIS Invention Lab which allowed the girls to see a state-of-the-art prototyping space and to meet student inventors from UC Berkeley. Hands down, the girls were most fascinated by the laser cutter which Anne programmed to create personalized sea life name tags for each girl.
SAFG also partnered with Girls Inc. of the Island City this summer to provide a STEM camp day. Over 50 girls had a blast with "Bubbleology" and learned about the chemistry of bubbles.
This fall we are adding two new schools to our afterschool programming, Redwood Day in Oakland and Madera Elementary in El Cerrito. We will be holding seven classes at five locations:
Anna Yates Elementary: K-2nd and 3rd – 5th grade classes, starting the week of September 14th.
Redwood Day: 3rd–5th grades from September 22 – December 15th.
Curiosity Hacked: 3rd– 5th grades September 15 – November 17, 2015.
Peralta Elementary: K-2nd grades from September 17 – November 19, 2015.
Madera Elementary: 3rd– 5th grades from September 15–November 17.
Harding Elementary: 3rd– 5th grades September 14-November 23.
* Scholarships are available for all of our classes. SAFG strives to make high-quality STEM enrichment programs accessible.
The curricula we are offering this fall are 10 sessions exploring Mechanical Engineering and 10-12 sessions exploring Biomimicry: learning engineering from animals and nature. Please see our website (http://www.scientificadventures.org/current-classes.html) for more details on how to register for Peralta and Curiosity Hacked classes or speak to your after school program coordinator or principal at the other locations to register.
We are welcoming a new head teacher this fall. Deanna Gelosi has a BA in Geophysics and a Minor in Math and Science Education from University of California, Berkeley. She worked with children in K-5 for five years for Galileo Camps as a curriculum developer, team leader and science instructor. During her time at Cal she served as a science teacher at elementary and high schools in Berkeley and Oakland. She has also done research at the Bodega Marine Lab and conducted independent research in geological fluid mechanics. She will be teaching at Harding and Madera this fall.
We would like to give a big shout out to one of our teachers, Ginny Delaney, for volunteering to create a full communication plan for Scientific Adventures for Girls. As a startup organization, it is all hands on deck – Ginny has graciously given time this summer creating a plan and templates and will spend this fall helping us implement the plan. Thank you Ginny! Ginny will be teaching at Curiosity Hacked and Peralta this fall.
We also want to welcome Danielle Selzer who is starting at Curiosity Hacked as a new volunteer assistant in the class. She is getting her BA in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
If you or someone you may know would like to volunteer, we are looking for help with marketing, including designing an SAFG brochure, evaluation analysis and grant writing. This is a great opportunity to develop skills and to build your resume! Please email us if you would like to volunteer.
Scientific Adventures for Girls is very excited to announce it was awarded a grant from Lockheed Martin. The grant will go towards supporting one class at Anna Yates Elementary this fall. The Emery Unified School District will be matching the grant to provide a second class at Anna Yates! We are also hoping to get a STEM role model from Lockheed to attend one of the fall classes.
If your company provides small grants to organizations like Scientific Adventures for Girls and would like to sponsor a class, especially in schools in under-resourced areas, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org – we would love to apply and make our programs widely available.
Additionally, if you would like to support SAFG this fall, we are looking for individuals or companies to sponsor one of the following (We would love to put your company logo as the sponsor!):
SAFG T-shirts for the 2015-2016 school year ($1000)
SAFG postcard/brochure ($500)
Materials for classes – please inquire
An event space (to hold fundraiser we are planning for parents in the East Bay)
Snacks for classes
Finally, we would love to come speak to your company about SAFG at a brown bag lunch to gain support for our mission. Please email email@example.com.
Scientific Adventures at Home
Rainbow Bubble Snakes
empty water bottle from your recycling
a sock that is missing its match (which we seem to have an abundance of)
Start by cutting the bottom of the water bottle off. Next slide the sock over the bottom of the bottle. You can use colorful duct tape to secure your sock, but you could use a rubber band as well. Pour some dish soap into a shallow container with a little bit of water and gently mix. Dip the sock covered bubble blower into the solution and gently blow. You can add some color to the bubble snakes with food coloring, dropping the food coloring onto the sock covered end. Then blow! Please remind your kids to blow air out not suck air in!
Courtesy of http://www.housingaforest.com/rainbow-bubble-snakes/
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